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Mel at on form 16 with interested visitors

Mel, by Flusso I, at on form 16 with attentive visitors

It is with great pleasure that we can announce that Mel has been accepted as a member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors so she can now put the letters MRBS after her name!

After a busy 2016 where Mel once again exhibited at on form, the UK’s most prestigious stone-only sculpture exhibition held at Asthall Manor in The Cotswolds, Mel’s work is being featured at the second Marks Hall Sculpture Exhibition in Coggeshall, Essex from July 28th to September 10th, where she has a special area of the arboretum set aside exclusively for her pieces.

She will be shown by the Sheridan Russell Gallery at the Battersea Affordable Art Fair, 20-23 October and Mel’s work can also be seen throughout the year at the fabulous new Bils & Rye gallery in Kirkbymoorside, north of York.

Mel Fraser’s studio is 5 miles east of Cambridge and can be visited by appointment.

To discuss availability of pieces, prices, commissions or a visit to the studio, copy and paste melfraser.sculpture@gmail.com into your email programme.

Mel Fraser's work on the Hanoi Art House stand at the New York Affordable Art Fair April 2017Image by Stefanie Reichelt

Mel’s work on the Angie and Will’s Hanoi Art House stand at the New York Affordable Art Fair April 2017

A Trip to Gondwanaland

The Three Graces, Marks Hall 2017

The Three Graces, Kilkenny limestone in Gondwanaland

Earlier in the year Mel was approached by the curators of Marks Hall Sculpture Exhibition to be the featured artist in their second biennial show. She was to be given an exclusive area of the arboretum in which to display her work: Gondwanaland.

Angel Wing XX, Carrara marble, by Mel Fraser

Angel Wing XX, Carrara marble

Gondwanaland was the name given to the supercontinent comprising most of the land masses of the Southern Hemisphere and at Marks Hall it is an area planted with a variety of plants from Australia and South America, particularly Eucalyptus, Monkey Puzzle trees, Wollemia pines, bottle brush plants and Pampas grass.

Destiny, Persian travertine, Marks Hall 2017, by Mel Fraser

Destiny, Persian travertine

15 of Mel’s carvings have been placed around the 4 acre enclave, some visible from a quarter of a mile away along great vistas, some on gentle mounds and some tucked away in peaceful glades, slumbering amongst the perfumed gum trees and dancing grasses.

Flusso I, Carrara marble, Marks Hall 2017, by Mel Fraser

Flusso I, Carrara marble with Wollemia pines

Venus, Zimbabwean springstone, by Mel Fraser

Venus, Zimbabwean springstone with Monkey Puzzle tree

Squaring the Circle, Persian travertine, Marks Hall 2017, by Mel Fraser

Squaring the Circle, Persian travertine and below,

Fracture I, Kilkenny limestone in amongst the Pampas grass

Fracture I, Kilkenny limestone, Marks Hall 2017, by Mel Fraser

Angel Wing XXI, Carrara marble, by Mel Fraser

Angel Wing XXI, Carrara marble

Marks Hall Sculpture Exhibition runs from July 29th to September 10th 2017, Coggeshall, Essex, CO6 1TG

July ’17

A Trip to Italy

Cave Michelangelo quarry, Carrara

The Cave Michelangelo quarry, Carrara

In August Mel and family holidayed in Italy which, obviously, included trips to Carrara and Pietrasanta. Mel was able to meet up with an old pal, Signore Franco Barattini, the man responsible for the Cave Michelangelo quarry high above Carrara. He, along with his glamorous assistant Antonella, graciously took Mel up to the quarry where she was able to chose and acquire several large pieces of beautiful cremo marble. 9.5 tonnes of Carrara’s finest to be precise.

Mel, Signore Barattini and Antonella inspect the cremo

The chosen ones are then marked up for collection,

Mel and Barattini, Mel Fraser, contemporary stone sculpture

and everyone’s happy. Shall we dance?

August ’16

“Delivery for Ms Fraser!”

A few weeks after her trip to Italy, 9.5 tonnes of Italian mountain arrived at Mel’s studio just outside Cambridge.

DJ and the teleporter take the strain on Mel’s 5.4 tonne block of cremo. Phew!

One happy scultore!

September ’16